2024 IES Minnesota Regional

You're Invited!

2024 IES Minnesota Regional

About the Event:

You are cordially invited to the 2024 Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) Minnesota Regional!

This dynamic summit brings together a diverse community of entrepreneurs, business owners, and supporters who are passionate about fostering entrepreneurship.

What to Expect: 

1) Celebration – At IES, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of immigrant entrepreneurs. Their stories serve as powerful role models, highlighting the positive impact immigrants have on our community. Join us as we recognize their hard work and resilience.

2) Connection – Breaking down barriers is at the heart of IES. We create opportunities for individuals from various backgrounds to connect, collaborate, and build relationships. Explore our exhibitor booths, engage with fellow entrepreneurs, and discover new business services. Networking has never been more exciting!

3) Education – Our workshops cover a wide range of essential business topics. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to enhance your existing business, our expert-led sessions have you covered. Topics include business setup, compliance, tax strategies, marketing, and more. With 9 workshops planned, there’s something for everyone.

Join us at IES and be part of a vibrant community that celebrates innovation, fosters connections, and empowers entrepreneurs. Register now and secure your spot at this summit!

Workshops and speaker schedules will be updated closer to the time of the event.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities are available. Contact us to learn more! 




Catherine Tran
Executive Director
(515) 732-8433

Sponsorship Opportunities

(Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunity)

  • Customized recognition opportunities, including speaking opportunities at opening and luncheon, company name and logo placement throughout event and reserved tables
  • Plus all benefits from Gold Level Sponsorship

(Three Sponsorship Opportunities)

  • Speaking opportunity at the Opening Ceremony & Awards Luncheon
  • Special recognition as the gold sponsor from podium
  • Prominent placement of company banner, logo on IES website, marketing materials, program & summary book
  • Half page color ad in program
  • Awards Luncheon reserved table for eight (8)
  • Priority spot for one (1) workshop session
  • Prominent placement of one (1) exhibit table
  • Exhibit table with four (4) complimentary tickets to National IES (Ankeny, IA)
  • Company’s swag item, gift certificate, ad in grab bag
  • Name and logo on website, materials, and program book
  • Banner or logo placement in classrooms
  • Half table (4 tickets) at Awards Luncheon 
  • One (1) sponsored workshop room with customized product or service ad
  • One (1) reserved workshop session
  • One (1) exhibit table
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to National IES (Ankeny, IA)
  • Company’s swag item, gift certificate, ad in grab bag
  • Company name on IES website, marketing materials, program book, and summary book
  • Complimentary tickets to Awards Luncheon
  • One (1) reserved workshop session
  • One (1) exhibit table

Workshop Schedule

Get signed in, network, and grab breakfast bites.

Opening Welcome: Catherine Tran, Executive Director

Sponsor Welcome: Ying Sa, Community CPA

These will be held in individual breakout rooms. Select the room that fits your business life and needs.

  • Workshop Room A – 3D Tax Saving Strategies —  Ying Sa, Community CPA
  • Workshop Room B – 
  • Workshop Room C – 

Participants are encouraged to visit exhibitors.

Second Session of concurrent breakout rooms. Select the workshop that fits your business life and needs.

  • Workshop Room A 
  • Workshop Room B – 
  • Workshop Room C –  

Participants are encouraged to visit exhibitors.

Our awards luncheon is a time of inspiration where we celebrate the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, businesses, and those who champion them.

Keynote: Steve Simon, Secretary of State of Minnesota

Participants are encouraged to visit exhibitors.

Final Session of our workshop speakers. Select the session that fits your business life and needs.

  • Workshop Room A – 
  • Workshop Room B
  • Workshop Room C  – 

Cultural performances, giveaways, and final notes to support entrepreneurship in MN.


Steve Simon

MN Secretary of State, Luncheon Keynote

Steve Simon is Minnesota’s 22nd Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, and as Minnesota’s chief elections administrator pledged in his inaugural address to “work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state” to protect, defend, and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota.

Brian McDonald

SBA Minnesota District Director, Opening Keynote

Brian McDonald is the district director of the SBA’s Minnesota District Office. In this role, he manages the strategic efforts and daily operations of SBA’s small business support throughout the state. Prior, he served as SBA’s Minnesota deputy district director from 2017-2020.

Ying Sa

CEO, Community CPA

Ying Sa was born in Beijing, China, immigrated to Canada before relocating to the United States. She started Community CPA in 1998. The firm now has three branches, and has received many awards for excellence. Ying is a published author of Appointment with Ying at 8am on starting a business, and is releasing her newest book on growing a business.

Diane Paterson

Regional Director, Small Business Development Center

As the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business, Diane is a resource for economic development and small business. Her observations and insights on business have been published in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Finance and Commerce and Minnesota Business Magazine, and she was the recipient of the Progress Minnesota Award.

Juan Llerena

Founder, JLLB Media Marketing Agency and Design Studio

Juan Llerena is the founder & president of JLLB Media, an agency with an interest in helping mission-based and socially responsible brands communicate the right message, to the right people, on the right channels, through strategy, design, and marketing. As an immigrant himself, he understands the challenges of navigating a different culture, while recognizing the contributions that immigrant communities bring to Minnesota.

Kwame Osafo-Addo

Staff Attorney, LegalCORPS

Kwame Osafo-Addo, is a seasoned business lawyer, who holds a J.D. and a B.S. in Business. He is the staff attorney at LegalCORPS and the founder of a business law firm Kwame’s Law Firm PLLC. In addition, he serves as the sole business legal consultant for the MN Small Business Development Center. His presentation will offer valuable insights on the Corporate Transparency Act and its implications for Minnesota business owners.

Krista Sullivan

Senior Stakeholder Liaison, IRS

Krista Sullivan works for the IRS as a Senior Stakeholder Liaison in Bloomington, Minnesota. She collaborates, informs, and communicates priority outreach messages to all taxpayer communities, including major employers, community associations and tax practitioner organizations. She previously worked in IRS Field Collection as a group manager and revenue officer. Prior to joining the IRS, she worked in the private sector banking and accounting industries.

Nick Tietz

Founder, ILT Studios

Nick Tietz is an immigrant founder who has spent the last 15+ years working as a serial entrepreneur, technologist, UX designer, and technology consultant. Nick is the Founder and CEO of ILT Studios and their second startup called ILT Academy. Together they are focused on supporting underestimated innovators and entrepreneurs to building companies in underserved geographies that change’s people’s lives, so profoundly they can’t imagine living any other way.

Earlsworth (Baba) Letang

Director of Community Engagement, NCD

Earlsworth (Baba) Letang received a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metro State in 2005. Originally from the Caribbean Island of Dominica, He is currently the Director of Community Engagement for the Neighborhood Development Center. He distinguished himself as a leader and community advocate during the pandemic and unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

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